Your taxes support an oligarchy, much like the colonists’ taxes supported the king. And our congressional district will be further hit by the Republican tax plan because we live in a high-tax district, much to Congressman Andy Barr’s ignorance or apathy.
Every penny of your salary in Fayette County — without deductions or consideration of your economic situation — is taxed at 2.75 percent. Since Lexington has a strong economy based on its strong middle class, Barr’s new taxes on the middle class will particularly hurt us.
Doesn’t it matter to Barr that his tax bill hurts his district? Well, no. As has been shamelessly admitted by his fellow Republicans, big donors — the top income one percenters — will cut off their contribution dollars if Congress does not pass their tax bill, giving them $1.5 trillion in tax breaks.
How many one percenters are in the Sixth District? Barr panders to those from other states. As a new congressman with low visibility and too few super-rich constituents, Barr is on the Banking and Finance Committee, which assures him of high-dollar political contributions. Barr’s political money comes from bankers and financiers who live far away from Kentucky. While not voting for Barr, they do get to control his vote.